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BT Sport bait & switch

30 July 2015 - 08:58 AM

For those of you, like me, who get free BT Sport as part of BT Broadband:

 

I tend to just stick BT's Champions League spam letters straight in the shredder but one today annoyed me.  It's worth being aware that unless you actively downgrade your package to BT Sport Lite by tomorrow that you'll be charged £5 a month for the privilege of subsidising BT's football expenditure.

 

This is the classic bait & switch that has had banks fined over the years and is quite cynical really.

 

BT have fallen into the same tactic as Sky by bundling football with the other sports and assuming that those of us who like other sports will put up with having to subsidise football just to get our fix of our preferred sports.  They then increase the fee year after year, knowing that once we've accepted the first increase that we'll accept them every year.

 

I've downgraded and sent them a snotty email reminding them that bait & switch tactics like this are illegal and tend to get fines from regulators.


NHS future and Jeremy Hunt

17 July 2015 - 10:14 AM

For the first time in a very, very long time, I agree almost fully with a Tory minister's speech on a matter of substance.  Jeremy Hunt gave a headline speech on the future of the NHS and he gets it right in many ways.

 

Although he's no Nye Bevan, he's happily taking on the doctor's union in reminding them that patients tend to be ill spread across an entire seven days, not just Monday to Friday.  About time.  That was a major failing of the Blair/Brown era where they gave doctors everything they asked for but got nothing in return.

 

Some of the innovation points in there are things that I'll be taking and beating people with that's been far too long in coming.


Renewable energy

10 July 2015 - 08:03 PM

One thing that's gone uncommented on here is that the government has halted subsidies on wind farms a year earlier than planned.  A daft decision based on idiot "evidence" and narrow selfish interests.

 

I read a couple of great articles lately on this and it was brought up again when I read that Denmark had a day yesterday where they generated 140% of the nation's needs in wind power, albeit on an exceptionally windy day with perfect conditions.

 

The articles I read were in IEEE (not exactly what you'd call a bastion of left-wing environmentalism).  The first one was on the progress of European renewables, the second one was on natural "batteries" in Norway to store all the excess power, funded by that evil EU.

 

A fascinating time when a bit of bravery from national governments could see us drastically cut our electricity needs plus give us the resilience to self-power while reducing our dependence on oil and gas from dodgy areas, oil sheiks and Russia.  Won't happen though because of idiot selfish politicians.


Acton and Hock thread

17 June 2015 - 07:48 PM

I've deleted this thread.  I was asked to step into it by more than one person and I just couldn't save that thread.  One person banned from this club forum and far too many other points that I couldn't fix so it's binned and will stay binned.

 

Can you please hit the report button when someone comes trolling into your forum and one of the moderators will deal with it.  If it gets to the point that one of the Admnistrators (me and John Drake) have to come here then we tend to take no prisoners.


RBS

17 June 2015 - 09:50 AM

Is it just me that gets very cynical when coincidentally soon after the government announces a share sell-off of RBS shares that the bank catastrophically loses 600,000 payments overnight with the resulting share price drop?